Cross country places at invitational

    The UCSD cross country team traveled to Riverside on Sept. 22 to participate in the Riverside Cross Country Invitational. The men placed sixth out of 24 teams and the women placed eighth out of 25 teams.

    The winner of the women’s team competition was UC Irvine, which averaged 18:56 for the 5,000 meter course. Cal State Northridge, USC, Claremont, Cal State Fullerton, Azusa Pacific, Long Beach State, UCSD, Point Loma and San Diego State rounded out the top 10.

    The men’s team competition was won by Claremont, whose team average time was 26:26. Cal State San Marcos came in second, while Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, Men of Troy, UCSD, Long Beach State, Cal Poly Pomona, Azusa Pacific and Riverside Cross Country comprised the rest of the top 10 finishing teams.

    Alan Shapiro led the Triton men, running the course in 26:08.2, which was fast enough to place him 13th out of a total 237 runners. Neil Kalra was the next fastest Triton, placing 28th overall with a time of 26:41.2. Tritons John Morrison and Stephen Martin were right behind Kalra, coming in 31st and 32nd with times of 26:46.2 and 26:42.8, respectively.

    Devin Callister (27:05.0), Grant Guenther (27.32.2), Tov Fisher-Kirshner (27:33.7), Steve Smith (27:39.2), Adam Miller (27:45.1), Luke Sigmon (27:51.8) and Richey Hansen (27:53.9) were also among the top 100 finishers, placing 47th, 73rd, 75th, 78th, 85th, 90th and 93rd respectively.

    On the women’s side, Audrey Sung was the top finisher for the Tritons, placing 11th out of 265 runners with a time of 18:57 for the course. Mary Clare Peate had the next best-time for the Tritons, finishing in 20:04. Lindsay Stalker (20:09), Lillian Gardiner (20:25) and Erin Richards (20:40) all placed in the top 100 for the Tritons, coming in 61st, 80th and 92nd respectively.

    The UCSD women’s team had an average of 20:03 for the runners, while first place team UC Irvine averaged 18:56 for the course.

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